Originally Posted by marcw
.....and so it begins.....
Hahaha....it has begun!!!
It's a funny thing about songs, even ones that are considered 'bad' in the eyes of some listeners seem to garner the complete opposite reaction in other people. Hell, all of us I'm sure have participated in a bit of 'song-bashing' in some form, but eventually the idea of people arguing over personal taste like they're arguing over fact seems absurd. I'm of the belief that any art, especially music, 'finds you'. I can think of songs that I used to hate, that I now love, and I realized that what's changed is my own life experience. The song hasn't gotten any 'better', it's just that now I am ready to receive the song in a more meaningful and relevant way than before. The opposite is true as well. I'm sure we can all look back at some 'guilty pleasures' from our pasts.
I think what matters is the intent behind a song, and it is rare that the intent is anything less than an artist just trying to express themselves. John Mayer isn't any different to any of us songwriters. We're all trying our best shot at expressing ourselves and maybe reaching a few others in the process. I'd hope as a songwriter that people could be open-minded enough to realize that 'taste' is lightweight. It's kids stuff. It's 'I only like my food in round shapes'. 'This song is shit.' Its a really flat, closed-off non-discussion. The real discussion lies in personal life experience. 'This song really came to me at a good time', or 'I haven't really connected with this song yet. Maybe one day'.